Title: Chief of Party (COP), Resilient Governance in Niger Project
Start Date – – June 2019, contingent on award, anticipated 5 year USAID-funded Project
Location – Niger
SNV seeks a Chief of Party (COP) for an anticipated USAID-funded local governance strengthening and civil society engagement project in Niger. The goal of the program is to strengthen resiliency through enhancing local governance. The program will work with municipal and regional governments to ensure understanding of their respective roles and responsibilities as well as their engagement in intergovernmental communications and collaboration. The program will also support municipal governments to support municipal governments to accountably plan, manage, execute budgets, ensure service provision and support locally determined development priorities; and to engage and mobilize citizens and local civil society actors in communal governance processes and advocacy.
The COP will provide leadership, management, and overall technical guidance and project oversight for the program, ensuring an integrated vision among diverse components and actors, and focusing on achieving the desired results. The COP will be responsible for overall activities of sub-recipients and leading program-focused strategic planning and decision making. The COP will work closely with USAID and be the principal liaison with both the USAID Agreement Officer’s Representative (AOR) and other U.S. Government Officials as required. He/she will ensure that the project complies with all USAID policies and regulations.
- Master’s degree or higher in Political Science, Democracy and Governance, Public Policy, Public Administration, International Development, or other similar relevant field
- A minimum of 8-10 years’ progressive experience in managing donor-funded projects,
- Experience managing at least one USAID-funded project in a developing country.
- Experience working in projects related to some of these: local governance, public financial management, citizen participation in community planning, and/or local government oversight processes and conflict resolution
- Experience working overseas in post crisis and transition environments, preferably in Sub-Saharan Africa
- Experience working in multiple countries is required
- A proven track record of successful management of complex, multi-component projects
- Experience supervising teams of diverse staff and demonstrated leadership capacity
- Fluency or advanced proficiency in both English and French
- Previous experience as a USAID Chief of Party, preferably in Sub-Saharan Africa
- Good understanding of the development context, main actors, factors, barriers and opportunities to strengthen municipal governance and civic engagement
- Ability to interact regularly and professionally with senior host-government counterparts on policy and other strategic planning issues
- Strong communication and interpersonal skills
- Demonstrated organizational skills and strong track record in meeting deliverables and deadlines
- Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with partners in a cross-cultural environment
- Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with other implementers and teams carrying out USAID- and other donor-funded programs, including activities in different sectors such as agriculture, energy, environment, and democracy/governance
- Ability to effectively deal with and resolve conflict
SNV is a not-for-profit international development organization. Founded in 1965, we have built a long-term, local presence in 28 developing nations in Asia, Africa, and Latin America, and provide innovative, market-driven solutions in Agriculture, Renewable Energy, and Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH). SNV works with local partners to equip communities, businesses, and organizations with the tools, knowledge, and connections they need to increase their incomes and gain access to basic services. SNV USA is the organization’s United States-based 501(c)(3) affiliate connecting North American partners to SNV’s implementation capacity around the world. SNV works to empower people to break the cycle of poverty and guide their own sustainable development.
Deadline for Applying: February 15, 2019